Post by High Priestess on Jul 31, 2018 2:41:03 GMT
Airbnb is fighting the subpoena issued by NYC, saying it would result in a breach of privacy of thousands of people who have nothing to do with the particular host/s or listing/s being investigated, and thus amounts to an overbroad "fishing expedition" such as is prohibited by US law.
Thousands of Airbnb users could have their privacy breached by the city’s crackdown on a notorious Hell’s Kitchen landlord, Airbnb claimed in court papers filed Sunday.
Airbnb said a subpoena served on it by the de Blasio administration demands records related to 76 account holders who used its popular Web site to list apartments for rent in seven buildings on West 47th Street owned by Big Apple Management.
But only seven of those accounts are tied to the city’s $1 million-plus suit against Big Apple for allegedly using Airbnb to violate the state law governing short-term rentals, the company said.
Complying with the subpoena “would result in the disclosure of personal information about scores of hosts and thousands of guests who have nothing to do with the City’s pending lawsuit,” Airbnb said.
“New York law does not permit such fishing expeditions,” according to its Manhattan Supreme Court filing.